East Catholic Wins 2016 CCC Boys Basketball Tournament
East Catholic won its first ever CCC Boys Basketball Tournament Championship with a solid 54-49 win over Simsbury behind 21 points from freshman Joey Reilly. In a game that featured strong defense on both sides, the Eagles were able to outlast the Trojans with clutch play down the stretch.
East Catholic jumped out to an early lead, but Simsbury battled back with a stifling man-to-man defense that allowed them to cut the gap to one at the half. The Eagles widened the gap in the third but the Trojans again battled back and trailed by one at 45-44 after a Rayon Christie layup with three minutes left. But the Eagles came up with a couple of big stops and converted their free throws in the final minute to hang on for the win.
It was the first appearance in the tournament final for both schools. Both knocked off heavily favored higher seeds to reach the final game. Sixth seeeded East Catholic upset Weaver in the quarterfinals then held on to beat East Hartford in overtime. Simsbury knocked off previously unbeaten Windsor in the quarters and snapped a 21-game Middletown win streak in the semis to get to the championship game.
Christie led all scorers in the game with 23. Jack Medve had 11 including three three-pointers for 17-7 Simsbury. Mike McGuirl had 13 and Mark Carbone 10 for 21-3 East Catholic.
Boy's Basketball Tournament Finals - Thursday Mar. 3, 2016 at Bulkeley High School
#6 East Catholic 54, #9 Simsbury 49
Boy's Basketball Tournament Semifinals - Tuesday Mar. 1, 2016 at Bulkeley High School
5:00pm - #6 East Catholic 68, #7 East Hartford 67 (2 OT)
7:00pm - #9 Simsbury 53, #4 Middletown 41
Boy's Basketball Tournament Quarterfinal Pairings - Saturday February 27, 2016 at Bulkeley High School
Simsbury (9) 76, Windsor(1) 58
East Hartford (7) 68, Newington(2) 57 (OT)
East Catholic (6) 95, Weaver(3) 84
Middletown(4) 64, Bloomfield(5) 54
Boys Basketball CCC Tournament - 1st Round games - Thursday, February 25, 2016
#1 Windsor 82, #16 Maloney 59
#2 Newington 84, #15 Platt 75
#3 Weaver 89, #14 Berlin 46
#4 Middletown 96, #13 Glastonbury 57
#5 Bloomfield 69, #12 RHAM 39
#6 East Catholic 74, #11 EO Smith 56
#7 East Hartford 47, #10 Wethersfield 40
#9 Simsbury 64, #8 Northwest Catholic 52
Boys Basketball Rankings